One the upside
- Navarro in director’s suit running around in the empty streets of London is such a cool sight. Especially when he (consistently so, to his credit) brings his field experience forth, picks up a machine gun and starts firing. Poor fellow’s experienced all plans, A and B, backfiring today, thanks to one unsupportive middleman, his baffling clumsiness (even for a CTU mole) and one first-rate cleaner.
- Adrian sure knows how to aim for Chloe’s weak spot by bringing up Morris and Prescott. Still feels like we’ve already seen this character type (which is rapidly turning into a stereotype) in films like The Fifth State or other works that came before. On the other hand, it’s great that Cross isn’t portrayed as yet another generic ‘take over the world type’ villain, instead he’s basically the same guy we were introduced to early in the season, with the same consistent feelings for Chloe, only that his true agenda is now revealed for the most part. Chloe’s got the loyal spirit. Glad after last week’s cliffhanger of sorts (?) she didn’t suddenly turn out to have been Cross’ accomplice all along. In fact, she can’t wait to get away from the madman having heard his insane plan. Jack’s not willing to give up on her either. If there’s one old best pal he still trusts, it’s definitely her.
- Heller mixing alcohol with his medication like a boss! Throughout this seemingly never-ending day he’s made a sacrifice, although saved in the last-minute, on top of everything else, and he’s resigning any hour now, so why bother? Also love his reaction when Ritter briefs him on the new situation: “How did that happen?!” Someone better reopen CTU!
- “I wasn’t asking, that was me being courteous.” Hell yeah! Lord knows Jack’s the right man to get them talkin’ and their fingers crackin’. To immunity, and beyond! Oh wait…Jack with his physical interrogation along with Kate pulling off her Bauerian play, manage to neatly break cowardly Navarro just in time.
- A great premise is introduced as with potential in Jack having to face enemies from all sides, the Chinese, Russians, etc. . Sounds more like the final hours of Day 4. Hope it leads to one fresh electrifying conclusion. Chloe and Adrian enter Open Cell’s new location only to find everyone massacred. There you have one great twist; and who better than good old Cheng Zhi, probably Jack’s worst enemy, to top it all? “Look around, Adrian. All your work has led to this.” Cheng eliminates the Cross loose end. Well at least we didn’t get the annoying ‘I’m gonna tie you to this post so you’ll break free and come find me’ cliché. RIP Adrian, you were a top-notch lover and a true middleman.
The stuff we could have done without
- With Cross’ somewhat game-changing plan and then Cheng walking into the picture, the Margot subplot (which took the better part of the season) is suddenly reduced to a shell of its supposedly intimidating nature. Shoot missiles all you want, went it comes to real 24 villainy, you just can’t beat Cheng. I mean, here we’ve got the override device (which looks more like the custom electronic circuits you assemble in school) capable of tapping into the world’s top defense systems, and yet we spent a whole season figuring out its basic capabilities not furthering the villains’ arc. For all we Cheng could have been introduced earlier. Either the Al-Harazi segment was too underwhelming, or this is too good a premise for an entirely new 24 season.
- Finally Audrey stops blaming Mark and now he’s going back there!
- Unnecessary, redundant narration of the action we’ve already seen in real-time, through Kate and the station. And of course Chloe goes over what happened in between Days 4 to 6, just in case you’ve missed it. Still not complaining, though. ‘No Chloe no watchey‘!
- Navarro does the over-cliched smug tick-tock thing…still willing to take that out of context and put it aside Jack’s accidental grim foreshadowing back in 9.06: “If I live through today which is highly unlikely, I’m going straight to prison.” (Sorry about the quoting mistake in the 9.03–9.06 article)
Other points of interest…and deja vus
- “Some mistakes you just can’t recover from.” (9.04) If only Navarro had sent an actually qualified hitman after Jordan…
- The way Mark gave up Jack’s comm. unit code brings to mind Logan selling him out by the end of Day 4. Then again we’re talking about characters with slightly distinct motives.
- If the Russians get their hands on Bauer, thanks to Mark, will Heller do the right thing and negotiate his release this time around or consider him ‘an acceptable loss’ again (see 6.24)?
- The tube station sequence from 9.03 reprises, only this time the arrow point to Chloe who’s in wrong hands, with Jack (same as us, obviously) still refusing to believe her to be an accomplice.
- “How am I supposed to live with that?” to which Jack simply replies: “You just do [..] Somewhere in your heart you really have to accept that” Thanks to this quick yet profound car exchange, Jack’s arc throughout the series is highlighted again in pitch black, complete with all the losses he’s endured and the sacrifices he’s made only to be constantly hunted down with an unbearable burden on his shoulders.
- Unlike the rest of this season, well, except for a few occasions, this episode was actually pretty dark, and in a good way of course, resembling those moments of utter doom back in the final hours of Day 1, 2, 4 and 5.
- Navarro betrayed Kate’s trust same way Jack saw a different person in his friends, Tony and Nina. An “I know how that feels” would have been more appropriate than a simple “sorry” after hearing Kate’s side of the story.
7.5 / 10 Seriable Stars